Duke of Edinburgh scheme to hold expedition for Bronze candidates
Nearly 200 of the Island's young people will gather to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition today.
They will take part in non-competitive and community-building activities, starting with a pre-expedition event tonight from 5pm to 7.30pm at the Bermuda High School's Jessie Vesey Gymnasium.
Tomorrow and Sunday, participants will be hiking all over the Island and will take part in a youth and community development programme.
They will stay overnight on Port's Island on Saturday.
Known as BANX, the expedition is supported by the Department of Youth, Families, Sport and Community.
It aims to foster understanding, compassion, unity, success and acceptance.
The adventure-filled weekend will also include activities organised by the Chewstick Foundation, including open group discussions, creative performances, a youth forum, leadership and social awareness development.
An event spokeswoman said the entertainment would be provided in a “safe, nurturing and natural environment”.
In addition to the St John's Ambulance Brigade, members of the Bermuda's Award Leaders and Assessors will be in training during the event.
While this year's activities are only open to Bronze participants, next year both Bronze and Silver applicants will be welcome.
The spokeswoman said: “We hope that members of the public are as thrilled as we are to see the potential impact that BANX can have on future generations.
“It is an opportunity to enhance awareness of the social issues affecting the lives of Bermuda's youth, and to spark positive behavioural as well as societal change.”
For more information on the award expedition go to www.theaward.bm.